£8,000 funding boost from Barclays to light up estate

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Ballyduff Community Group has been awarded a grant of £8,000 from Barclays Spaces for Sports.

The grant will be used to purchase portable floodlights for the estate’s Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and a secure portacabin to store them in. The rest of the funding will be used to create a youth and community leadership programme to increase volunteers on-site, up-skilling eight young people aged 15-19 years with an accredited Youth and Community Leadership qualification.

The latest funding for the centre follows previous grants totalling £70,000 from Barclays since 2006. These grants were used to build the MUGA adjacent to the community centre, purchase equipment and develop multi-sport activity at the site.

John Scott, Community Development Director for Ballyduff Community Group, said: “The provision of floodlights for the facility would normally have been well beyond our means, but this grant will make a huge difference to the sporting and leisure opportunities we will be able to provide. Now we will be able to support and train young people in all aspects of community development, ensuring we lay down a legacy of outreach and engagement far into the future. We are very grateful.”

South Antrim MP William McCrea added: “This new investment, which will allow the facility to open in evenings, will be warmly welcomed and will help keep local residents involved and active.”

Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Barclays, said: “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that Ballyduff Community Group has received is a strong example of this. This is one of over 200 UK sites where we work with our partner, the Football Foundation, offering financial and non-financial assistance so they can continue to have a positive impact in the local community.”

Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities.

The Barclays Spaces for Sports Programme is part of Barclays’ wider commitment to invest £250m to help five million disadvantaged young people around the world, by 2015, develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.